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The subject of this article appears in the Metro Last Light video game. The subject of this article appears in the Metro Exodus video game.

This pistol, mass-produced in the Metro, is, despite being quite primitive, a powerful and reliable weapon that shines in close combat.

— Last Light in-game description

The Ashot (Russian: Ашот) is a small, Metro-made shotgun-pistol that is introduced in Metro: Last Light and returns in Metro Exodus.


The Ashot is one of the simplest weapons found in the Metro series. A simple piece of pipe with a firing pin and a grip, the Ashot is common amongst all the poor areas of the Post-Apocalyptic world - from the bandits and gangsters of the Moscow Metro to the tribals of the Caspian Sea. The weapon fires a single shotgun shell in its most basic format.

Last Light[]

First introduced in Metro: Last Light, the Ashot is a useful weapon up until the end of the game. It is an adequate weapon for close combat. Though slow, it is very economic in shots when taking down mutants like the nosalises in Undercity. It has a higher damage output than the Duplet, Shambler or Saiga, which makes sense that the user only has one round before reloading; but lacks their range, rate of fire, magazine size, and versatility. While this makes the weapon evidently quite lethal at close range, it leaves Artyom very vulnerable - especially when under attack from multiple targets or vectors. It can be used effectively against shrimps, as seen in use by Fedor, but generally, the Ashot is an ineffective weapon in most situations and swapping the Ashot for another weapon is recommended whenever possible. At the beginning of the game, however, the Ashot is very common among Nazi guards in the early stage of the game, so Artyom may have to rely on it for a while due to the shortage of other types of ammunition.

Physically the Ashot is compact, yet unremarkable. These pistols may have been inspired by flare guns, as adaptors in real life can be purchased that can turn flare guns into shotguns. A notable feature of the pistol's design is the offsetting of the barrel during the reloading of each shot, reminiscent of a revolver's cylinder.


The Ashot becomes very useful in the Faction Pack DLC mission, "Kshatriya". Even as a starting weapon, it can fire the powerful 12x70 Dragonbreath rounds, capable of killing nosalis in one shot on every difficulty. However, once again, it is outclassed by the Duplet and Shambler loading the same ammunition, as the Ashot is a poor choice during attacks by nosalis hordes or when facing a librarian. The same goes for the Tower Pack DLC, where the players may find using the Ashot risky.

Metro Exodus[]

The Ashot returns in Metro Exodus as one of two shotguns in the game. First encountered in the Volga level, the Ashot can be customised far beyond its pistol format. The addition of a hunting stock and an over-under double barrel put the Ashot into a situation similar to the Duplet in Metro: 2033 and Metro: Last Light. The Ashot can also be upgraded with four barrels and a heavy stock later in the game, significantly increasing the damage potential of the weapon.

Variants and Customization[]

Metro: Last Light[]

The Ashot can equip six different attachments in three slots. Its attachments are similar to the ones available for the Shambler, but it can also equip a "Stock + forend" upgrade, which turns it from a pistol into a short rifle.

Available attachments
Slot Icon Name Effect Description
LL Optics Upgrade Slot.png
LL Reflex Sight Upgrade.png Reflex sight Range +25%
Accuracy +25%
This pre-war sight makes aiming the gun at close and medium range easier, without sacrificing much of the field of view.
LL NV Sight Upgrade.png IR sight Range +50%
Accuracy +25%
A piece of pre-war military tech, this Night Vision sight allows for precisely hitting targets in the dark.
LL Barrel Upgrade Slot.png
LL Barrel Upgrade.png Extended barrel Range +50%
Damage +25%
Makes shotguns more efficient at medium and long range by tightening buckshot spread pattern.
LL Silencer Upgrade.png Shotgun silencer Range -25%
Accuracy +25%
Stealth +50%
Hides the muzzle flash and slightly muffles the shots, decreasing shot spread. Shot speed is also decreased, leading to more damage falloff.
LL Extra Upgrade Slot.png
LL Laser Upgrade.png Laser sight Accuracy +25% A pre-war laser sight facilitates aiming the weapon at close range, making precise snapshots easy to achieve.
LL Stock Upgrade.png Stock + forend Accuracy +50% The stock and forend installed on the pistol essentially turn it into a short barrel carbine, reducing recoil and increasing accuracy greatly.

Metro Exodus[]

First two barrel upgrades are shared with Shambler, some sights and extras (lasers etc.) are also shared with other weapons. Rest of the upgrades are unique to the Ashot.

List of upgrades
Slot Icon Name Effect Description
Upgrade Stock Icon.png
Ashot Grip.png Grip only None (default) Basic metal grip without any attachments.
Ashot Grip Handguard.png Grip and handguard Stability +1 Basic grip and handguard combo that makes the weapon more comfortable to use.
Ashot Hunting Stock.png Hunting stock Stability +4 Hunting stock decreases recoil with its sheer heft and makes aiming more comfortable.
Ashot Heavy Grip.png Heavy grip Stability +8 Heavy metal grip with hand guard and additional forward grip for better recoil control.
Upgrade Barrel Icon.png
Shambler Short Barrel.png Short barrel None (default) Shortest possible piece of pipe that could serve as a shotgun barrel without endangering the shooter. Extremely easy to handle.
Shambler Short Barrel Suppressor.png Short barrel and suppressor Damage -2
Accuracy +1
Barrel with an improvised suppressor mounted to it. Useful for stealth.
Ashot Double Barrels.png Double barrels Damage +2
Accuracy +1
Stability -2
2-round magazine
Double barrels allow chambering two rounds, which can be shot in a salvo or separately.
Ashot Quad Barrels.png Four barrels Damage +4
Stability -3
4-round magazine
Fires two shots at once
Significantly increases the shotgun's firepower by firing two barrels of its four at once, which leads to correspondingly increased recoil.
Upgrade Sight Icon.png
Ashot Iron Sight.png Iron sights Aim with iron sights Standard sight used to assist in aiming.
Reflex Sight.png Reflex sight Iron sight replaced with reflex sight This pre-war sight makes aiming the gun at close and medium range easier, without sacrificing much of the field of view.
NV Sight.png NV scope Iron sight replaced with night vision scope This night-vision scope allows for accurate placement of shots even in complete darkness.
Closed Reflex Sight.png Closed reflex sight Iron sight replaced with closed reflex sight Closed collimator sight provides a clearer view of the target.
Upgrade Gadget Icon.png
Other slot empty.png No gadget None (default) Less gadgets, less problems.
Red Laser.png Red laser Crosshair replaced with red laser dot Made from a cheap laser pointer that was heavily modified to increase power output at the cost of reliability.
Green Laser.png Green laser Crosshair replaced with green laser dot High visibility laser sight reassembled in a custom-made body along with a bunch of modifications.
Extra IR Laser.png Infrared laser Crosshair replaced with IR laser dot with NV active The IR laser sight's invisible beam produces a very small dot on the target, which is only detectable with a night vision device.

Related Achievements/Trophies[]

Metro: Last Light[]

LL Achievement Gunslinger Icon.png Gunslinger Bronze Trophy Icon.png / 15 Game points.png
Kill at least one Enemy with each Weapon available in the game.

Metro Exodus[]

ME Achievement Professional Icon.png Professional Bronze Trophy Icon.png / 15 Game points.png
Make at least one kill with every ranged weapon.


Ashot variants in Metro: Last Light
  • In the previews of Metro: Last Light, Khan was seen as owning a special version of the Ashot featuring the pistol grip with the handguard from the rifle stock, which is unobtainable in the final game. It was planned alongside with other attachment combinations seen in concept arts.
  • With the Ashot, you can aim down the sights while reloading.
  • Most Ashots acquired from enemies have stocks, however in Metro: Last Light Redux at the Nazi section at the start, a pistol grip version can be found.
  • The Ashot is sometimes confused with revolver due to their similar appearance.
  • Ashot, originally an Armenian given name, is a common nickname, that native Russians give to the immigrants from the Caucasus. This indicates that this weapon was possibly constructed by one of the surviving immigrants.
    • The gun's name may also be a play on words, getting its name from the amount of the ammunition it can hold (A-shot). It could also be a reference to a Russian Internet slang expression based on the same name: "Ashot Oneshot", which certainly fits this weapon.
    • Fans of 4A may recall that Ashot is also the name of the Freedom Trader in S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Clear Sky, who sells weapons, suits, and various items to the player (Mercenary Scar). He also engages in bizarre and at times hilarious arguments with the base mechanic Uncle Yar which can be listened to here.
  • If left idle, Artyom will study the gun. If it is equipped with a stock and forend he will put his finger in front of the hammer, only to have it close on him and hurt his finger.
  • When viewed in slow motion, the idle animation for the Ashot with a forend and stock, and when reloading, the hammer sometimes doesn't move. This could be an oversight or a glitch, though the reload animation is very fast, so many players would not have noticed.
  • The Ashot can be seen in Metro 2033 Redux in Market level on the guard that Bourbon calls Mike, but is unobtainable. A stripped down version of the Ashot also appears multiple times in the form of a tripwire trap.
  • The weapon itself appears to be loosely based on a modified 1883 Reichsrevolver, the similarity best seen in the arrangement of the grip and the two screws holding it, on both the in-game model and in the concept art.